Ethnic studies conference will honor Don Nakanishi ’71, a founder of the field

Yale’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) and the Asian American Cultural Center at Yale will host an Ethnic Studies Conference on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 3 and 4. The event will honor the late Don Nakanishi ’71, a Yale graduate who was a pioneer in the fields of ethnic and Asian-American studies, and will draw on the deep experience of the Yale community in the area of ethnic studies.

The conference begins the evening of Nov. 3 with a keynote address titled “Race and Politics from Don Nakanishi to Donald Trump” by Janelle Wong ’01 Ph.D., professor of american studies and director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland.  Stephen J. Pitti ’91, professor of history and American studies and founding director of the RITM Center, will offer opening remarks the morning of Nov. 4.